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What to Consider if You Are Thinking of Incorporating Bitcoin Into Your Business

Jon Pierowicz‘s practice focuses on innovative companies at the forefront of their respective industries. The recent disclosure of Tesla’s $1.5 billion investment in bitcoin (“BTC”)[1] has served as an exclamation point to the growing institutional acceptance of BTC as a credible store of value, akin to cash reserves or gold. This trend has advanced partially… Read More

Gestational Surrogacy is finally legal in New York State! Now What?

Gestational Surrogacy is finally legal in New York State, allowing for many couples to have their dreams of becoming parents within their reach. Our passionate fertility and surrogacy team of partner attorneys Jamie Batt, and Elizabeth DiPirro, and associate attorneys Micelle Graham, and Keli Iles-Hernandez understand well beyond just the legalities of surrogacy. If this… Read More

Update: NYSDOL New COVID-19 Leave Guidance

New York State’s Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) recently issued new Quarantine Leave guidance that affects all employers, regardless of size. Back in March 2020, New York State enacted legislation that forced employers to provide job-protected leave for any employees who become subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine/isolation due to COVID-19. That mandate subsequently was modified to… Read More

Tony Rupp Speaks to GMA Giving His Civil Rights Clients a National Voice

Tony Rupp Civil Rights attorney interviewed on GMA as he continues to hold those responsible accountable. Jake Reinhardt and his fiancée, Taylor Schmieder were in shock when Buffalo police officer and bounty hunters from Bail Bond LLC arrived on their doorstep in the middle of the night. The bounty hunters were armed and pointed their… Read More

Identifying Void, Unenforceable, or Alarming Contract Provisions

Please join Rupp Baase partner attorney and construction law practice area leader, Dan Sarzynski in conjunction with Niagara Frontier Construction Financial Management Association for a virtual conversation on contract provisions and negotiations. On February 23rd, Dan will be discussing multiple important topics such as: Pay-if-paid provisions Indemnity provisions Lien waiver and lien exhaustion provisions No-damage-for… Read More

Dan Sarzynski Presents Mechanics Liens Webinar on Friday, March 26th

Rupp Baase partner attorney, and construction law practice group leader, Dan Sarzynski, partners with the Construction Exchange of Buffalo and Western New York for an educational mechanics liens webinar that will cover topics such as: • Overview of Mechanics Liens• Filing and Timing Requirements• Private vs. Public Projects• Discharging the Lien• Foreclosing the Lien• Defenses… Read More

OSHA Issues New COVID-19 Guidance to Help Employers

On January 29, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published revised COVID-19 guidance (“Guidance”) to help employers identify COVID-19 risks and determine appropriate control measures.  Our Labor & Employment team breaks down the Guidance for employers. The move came following an order from President Biden directing OSHA to release clear guidance for employers to… Read More

COVID-19 Stimulus for the Year 2021 – Is Your Business Eligible for Relief?

The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate approved a new COVID-19 stimulus package for the fiscal year 2021.  The stimulus package includes further relief for American citizens and businesses that were negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Included in the stimulus package is an extension and second round of funding to small businesses through… Read More

Passing the Bar Exam During a Global Pandemic – Check

We want to wish a congratulations to our four Law Clerks for passing the bar exam. Your hard work, dedication and courage has helped you achieve this incredible accomplishment. We at Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham are proud to introduce you to our wonderful clients. Meet Elizabeth Costello, the newest member of our Business Law team,… Read More

3 Approaches Municipalities in New York State Use to Value Your Property

Property taxes rank right up there with root canals, necessary evils all property owners must face. The COVID-19 crisis has put an unprecedented strain on commercial property owners in New York State. Business owners are seeing reduced income and rent while having to comply with expensive COVID-19 related health compliance measures. This unfortunate combination has… Read More

Meet the team that helps families navigate NYS’s new surrogacy laws.

Members of our Business Law team, Jamie Batt and Micelle Graham are joining with members of our Family Law team, Beth DiPirro and Keli Iles-Hernandz to create a fertility law practice to work with people who are navigating the rollercoaster ride of surrogacy as the NYS laws change. The laws for surrogacy in New York… Read More

NYS Reduces Some Restrictions on Personal Care Businesses Orange Micro-Cluster Zone

Matt Miller and our Labor & Employment team once again providing timely information for NYS COVID restrictions. Effective November 20, 2020, Governor Cuomo put parts of Erie County into an “Orange” zone under his micro-cluster initiative.  This meant that, pursuant to Executive Order 202.68 and related Empire State Development guidelines, certain non-essential businesses, including all… Read More

Fertility Law Team Prepared for New Surrogacy Laws in New York State

The surrogacy laws in New York are changing. Family Law and Business Law practice areas join forces for surrogacy clients. Beth DiPirro, Keli Iles-Hernandez, Jamie Batt and Micelle Graham are prepared to help NYS couples and surrogates navigate the layered and often emotional process of surrogacy. The team provides Patrick Connelly of Buffalo Business First… Read More

Buffalo Games our client and friend going strong!

Buffalo Games had been in business for 30+ years. Just like our firm, the company has grown rapidly since their opening. Today they are an industry leader in puzzles, games, arts and crafts, sensory & educational toys. We are so proud of our client and friend Nagendra Raina and his team for all their innovation,… Read More

David Pfalzgraf, Speaks with Business First about office adjustments since COVID.

The pandemic as caused all businesses to rethink their practice, office adjustments had to be made for the safety of employees. David Pfalzgraf, joins the discussion with Patrick Connelly and other local Managing Partners on COVID scanning, office space, and technology upgrades in our functioning COVID world. In an ever-changing world during this COVID-19 pandemic… Read More

Legal Elite 2020 of WNY

Every year Buffalo Business First announces the top attorneys in Buffalo, NY as chosen by their peers. Every year we are incredibly proud to see some of our attorneys named to the list. This list is a great honor as it is a award given in part by other peers. To be selected, an honoree… Read More